Illegal actions carried out by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) unraveled in court last month when a Federal High Court disqualified the winner of the House of Representatives election in Sumaila/Takai Federal Constituency of Kano state, Hon. Kawu Sumaila.
- The court ruled that Sumaila, a former senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly matters did not contest in the party’s primary and so could not possibly have emerged as the APC candidate.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday complied with the court order and issued a Certificate of Return to Shamsuddeen Dambazau, the son of the Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau.
Backstory: The situation highlights the depth of impunity overseen by political parties in the buildup to the elections. Sumaila did not contest for the Reps seat, but he vied for the Kaduna South senatorial seat which he lost to the incumbent, Kabiru Gaya.
- What the state chapter of the APC decided to do was compensate him with the Reps ticket, shafting those who actually took part in the primary. Then Sumaila contested and won the general election as APC candidate.
- But Dambazau refused to accept the injustice. He sued INEC, APC and Sumaila, and on April 18, Justice Lewis Allagoa ruled that the action of the APC was illegal. He ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return from Sumaila and issue same to Dambazau.
Going forward: Sumaila still has the option of appealing the judgement. We cannot confirm at this time if he is taking that option.